1. Harvard professor of Jewish Studies to present Sunday’s Père Marquette Lecture

The 2010 Père Marquette Lecture will be presented by Dr. Jon Levenson on Sunday, March 27, at 2 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. Levenson, the Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard University, will present “Abraham Between Torah and Gospel.” Levenson will highlight differences rather than similarities in the relations of Judaism and Christianity to the figure of Abraham, with additional differences that appear in Islam. Levenson’s work concentrates on the interpretation of the Hebrew Bible, including its reinterpretations in the “rewritten Bible” of Second Temple Judaism. A reception will follow.

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2. ESPN analyst to speak about journalism and entertainment

Chris Broussard, ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com senior writer, will present “The Decision: Journalism, Gossip or Entertainment” for the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication Axthelm Lecture. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, in the Helfaer Theatre.

Broussard appears regularly on ESPN, serving as an NBA analyst on shows such as SportsCenter, Outside the Lines, ESPN’s First Take, NBA Fastbreak, NBA Coast to Coast, ESPN News and Mike and Mike in the Morning. Last summer, he was among the nation’s most visible journalists consistently breaking news and offering perspective during the NBA’s free agency period that saw the league’s most valuable player, LeBron James, leave Cleveland for Miami.

The Pete and Bonnie Axthelm Memorial Program was established to acknowledge and recognize the life of Pete Axthelm, a former writer at the New York Herald Tribune, Sports Illustrated and Newsweek, and his sister, Bonnie, a former Media Networks and 3M executive.

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3. Final open forum with Father Wild is March 31

Marquette University Student Government will host the last semi-annual Father Wild Forum on Thursday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in the AMU first floor lobby. During this forum, students will have the opportunity to voice their opinions, questions, comments and ideas directly to Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J., Senior Vice President Greg Kliebhan and Provost John Pauly.

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4. Faculty promoted for fall 2011 semester

The university has promoted 22 faculty members to professor or associate professor with tenure effective for the fall 2011 semester. Promoted to professor are Dr. Thomas Bradley, dental developmental sciences; Dr. Sarah Knox, counselor education and counseling psychology; Dr. Christine Krueger, English; Chad Oldfather, law; Dr. Brian Schmit, biomedical engineering; and Dr. Chae Yi, chemistry.
Promoted to associate professor with tenure are Dr. Kathleen Clark, educational policy and leadership; Dr. Lisa Edwards, counselor education and counseling psychology; Dr. Sarah Feldner, interpersonal, organizational and public communication; Dr. Kristen Foster, history; Dr. Sarah Gendron, foreign languages and literatures; Dr. Alyson Gerdes, psychology; Dr. Todd Hernandez, foreign languages and literatures; Dr. Astrida Kaugars, psychology; Dr. Chima Korieh, history; Dr. Andrew Kunz, physics; Dr. Felissa Lee, management; Dr. Praveen Madiraju, mathematics, statistics and computer science; Dr. Jodi Melamed, English; Dr. Rebecca Nowacek, English; Dr. Terence Ow, management; and Dr. Rebecca Sanders, mathematics, statistics and computer science.

Five full-time participating faculty members were also promoted. Promoted to clinical associate professor in dentistry are Dr. LynnAnn Bryan, Dr. James Glore and Dr. Sheila Stover. Promoted to clinical associate professor in nursing is Dr. Kerry Kosmoski-Goepfert. Leslee Ruscitti was promoted to adjunct associate professor in professional studies.

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5. Gingrich event moved to Varsity Theatre

The presentation by Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and his wife Callista, has moved from the Weasler Auditorium to the Varsity Theatre. All previously issued tickets are valid for the new location. Tickets are required and can be picked up in the AMU Brooks Lounge. Limit two tickets per Marquette ID.

The Gingriches will visit Marquette on Tuesday, March 29, to present Nine Days that Changed the World, a documentary they produced about Pope John Paul II’s historic visit to Poland in 1979. The 7 p.m. screening of the film in the Tony and Lucille Weasler Auditorium will include a presentation by the Gingriches, followed by a book and DVD signing.

For more information or special needs, contact University Special Events at 8-7431.

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6. Dining Services offering 10 percent off purchases tomorrow

In honor of the men’s and women’s success in the NCAA basketball tournaments, Dining Services is offering 10 percent off purchases in Marquette Place and the Brew Cafes tomorrow, March 25, to anyone wearing blue and gold spirit wear.

The men's basketball team will play the University of North Carolina at 6:15 p.m. tomorrow, March 25, at the Prudential Center in Newark, in the Sweet Sixteen. The Union Sports Annex will hold a viewing party with fan giveaways and food specials. The Annex website will be updated with viewing party and game information if the team progresses through the tournament.

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7. Registration for Lil’ Sibs Weekend due tomorrow

Registration for Residence Hall Association’s Lil’ Sibs Weekend, “Wild Wild Marquette,” Friday, April 15, to Sunday, April 17, is due tomorrow, March 25.

Lil' Sibs Weekend is an opportunity for students to invite younger siblings or relatives ages five and up to visit campus. Weekend activities include bowling, tie-dying, a carnival, a trip to the Milwaukee Public Museum and more.

For more information contact the RHA Office at 8-5851.

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8. ePortfolio workshop to be held this weekend

The College of Communications and Apple Inc. will host an ePortfolio workshop Saturday, March 26, at 10 a.m. in Johnston 103. The class will feature iWeb, Weebly and Wordpress as tools to create an electronic portfolio that can be sent to potential employers.

Attendees should bring a laptop, digital photos, recommendation letters and resumé. Register by e-mailing your name, major and expected graduation date.

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9. College of Arts and Sciences holding majors fair

The Klingler College of Arts and Sciences and the college Advising Center will hold its annual “Explore the Majors” Fair Thursday, March 31, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., in AMU Ballrooms CDE. The “Explore the Majors” Fair provides an opportunity for students to discuss majors and minors with faculty representatives, upperclassmen and alumni from every major in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences.

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10. Gold ‘n Blues concert to benefit disaster relief in Pakistan

The Gold ‘n Blues will present their second annual Harmony for Hope concert Sunday, March 27, at 2:30 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. The a cappella group will be joined by four other a cappella groups from the Midwest, including the Naturals from Marquette. The groups will be joined by the Spanish O’Donnell’s, who will moderate the event.

The Gold ‘n Blues will partner with RU4PKMU for proceeds to benefit post-flood disaster relief in Pakistan. Last year, the effort raised more than $3,200 for Haiti and Chile.

Tickets cost $5 and are available in the AMU Brooks Lounge and at the door. Doors open at 2 p.m. E-mail for more information.

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11. MUSG hosting The Fighter and Vegas Night this weekend

MUSG will host showings of The Fighter at the Varsity Theatre tomorrow, March 25, at 9 p.m., and Saturday, March 26, at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. This Oscar-nominated biographical sports drama is about Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg), an up-and-coming boxer who has been trained by his half brother, Dicky Eklund Jr. (Christian Bale). Dicky, once known for knocking down Sugar Ray Leonard, is now a crack addict. Dicky and Micky are both managed by their controlling mother, Alice. Micky must find a way to continue boxing and potentially win the world welterweight championship in the midst of his family’s turmoil. Tickets are $2 with an ID and $3 without.

MUSG will also host “Vegas Night” Saturday, March 26, from 8 p.m. until midnight in the AMU ballrooms. This free event will include casino games, including poker, black jack, roulette, bingo and slots. Buffet-style food will be served throughout the night, with an ice cream sundae bar and mocktail bar with non-alcoholic cocktails. The Gold N’ Blues and Loyola University’s Loyolacappella will perform.

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12. Photographers to discuss their work

The Haggerty Museum of Art will host a lecture by photographers LaToya Ruby Frazier and Jesse Burke on Wednesday, March 30, at 6 p.m. in the Eckstein Hall Appellate Courtroom. The lecture is part of the The Truth is Not in the Mirror: Photography and a Constructed Identity exhibition, which explores the nature of portraits and portraiture in contemporary photography. A reception will follow the lecture at the museum.

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13. “The Science of Performance Nutrition” to be presented

The College of Health Sciences Alumni Association will host “The Science of Performance Nutrition” Thursday, March 31, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Cramer 004E. Dr. Steven Hertzler, senior research scientist of performance nutrition at Abbott Laboratories, will discuss the importance of performance nutrition, scientific background of current technologies and the Performance Nutrition Academy as a resource.

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14. Mary Peabody Mann is topic of presentation

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures will sponsor “From Slaves in Cuba to Yankee Schoolmarms in Argentina: Mary Mann and Nineteenth Century Latin America” on Friday, April 1, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Lalumiere 192.

Dr. Julia Paulk, assistant professor of Spanish, and Dr. Barry Velleman, professor of Spanish, will speak about Mary Peabody Mann, wife of North American educator Horace Mann, and her efforts relating to Latin American culture.

Paulk will discuss Mann’s posthumously published antislavery novel, Juanita: A Romance of Real Life in Cuba Fifty Years Ago (1887), which is based on Mann’s year-long stay in Cuba in the 1830s.

Velleman will speak about Mann’s publicity campaign on behalf of the Argentine statesman, writer and educator D.F. Sarmiento (1811-1888), and her assistance in recruiting North American teachers to travel to Argentina to establish school systems like those in the United States. Excerpts from the film 1420: La aventura de educar will be shown with English subtitles.

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15. Math and engineering colloquiums to be held

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science will hold a colloquium tomorrow, March 25, at 4 p.m. in Cudahy 401. Dr. Ozgur Martin, visiting assistant professor of mathematics at Miami University, will present “Disjoint Hypercyclic Linear Fractional Composition Operators.”

Dr. George Corliss professor of electrical and computer engineering, will present a Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering colloquium at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, in Olin Engineering 120. Corliss will present “Wanted: Nails to be Hit with Numerical ODE Hammers.”

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16. Free group fitness classes offered tomorrow

The Department of Recreational Sports is offering free group fitness classes tomorrow, March 25.

The classes are free to members:
• Zumba at 1 p.m. at the Rec Center
• Spin at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Rec Center
• Total Body Burn and Flexibility at 3 p.m. at the Rec Plex

Call 8-6979 for more information.

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17. Public Safety offering self-defense classes

The Department of Public Safety will hold a free self-defense class at 5 p.m. Monday, March 28, and Tuesday, April 12, in AMU 163.

The class incorporates national and local crime trends, a hands-on approach and effective techniques with simple strategies for escaping potentially dangerous situations for both males and females. Participants are encouraged to wear athletic attire. Register is required by calling DPS at 8-6800.

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18. $7 massages available at Massage-A-Thon

Physical therapy students are holding their Massage-A-Thon through Friday, April 8, at Schroeder Health Complex 397. Hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursdays noon to 8 p.m. and Fridays noon to 6 p.m.

Cost is $7 for every 15 minutes, up to 60 minutes. Appointments can be scheduled by e-mail. Walk-ins are welcome. Gift certificates are also available.

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19. Rec Center pool and other areas have reopened following water leak

The Rec Center pool, and the toilets, showers and drinking fountains in those areas are again operational, following the water leak that interrupted service earlier this week.

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